The DEC wants to remind Adirondack water recreationists to Clean, Drain, and Dry their watercraft and equipment! In 2021 alone, more than 14,000 detections of aquatic invasive species were intercepted by boat stewards at watercraft inspection stations. These steps are critical to protect our environment.
Due to these invasive threats to New York’s ecology, on June 8, 2022, a new state law was enacted regarding watercraft inspections in the Adirondacks. This policy states that if a DEC inspection station adjacent to a public waterbody is open for operation, boaters must have either a self-issuing certification or decontamination certificate from a DEC inspection station before launching into the waterbody.
These are the steps the DEC recommends recreationists take once they wrap up their water activities:
- Clean mud, plants, fish, or animals from boating and fishing equipment (trailer bunks, axles, rollers, lights, transducers, license plates, motor props, tackle, waders, etc.) and discard the material in trash cans, at a disposal station, or well away from the waterbody, so it won’t get washed in during a storm.
- Drain water-holding compartments, including ballast tanks, live wells, and bilge areas, before leaving an access site.
- Dry everything thoroughly before using boats or equipment in another waterbody. Drying times can vary but a minimum of five to seven days in dry, warm conditions is recommended.
- When there’s no time to dry between uses, disinfect things with hot water that is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or visit a decontamination site.
Click the link below for places you can wash your equipment in the Adirondack region.